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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    UN says US must allow migrant caravan

    The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has urged President Donald Trump to allow a caravan of Central Americans into the United States to seek asylum.

    According to a UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, the caravan comprises people who are fleeing violence and persecution, therefore, they should be allowed in the country to gain refugee statuses, per VOA.

    “Our position globally is that the individuals who are fleeing persecution and violence need to be given access to territory and protection including refugee status and determination procedure. And, if the people who are fleeing persecution and violence enter Mexico, they need to be provided access to the Mexican asylum system and those entering the United States need to be provided access to the American asylum system.”

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    Sarah Palin's son is arrested on DV charges again.

    Sarah Palin refused to concede that firearms are a contributing factor to the nation’s growing tide of mass shootings on Monday, October 29, choosing instead to lean on the common narrative that poses it not the trigger that kills, but the person who pulls it. Therefore the masses need to look to a higher being and not legislation to quell such evil, she says.

    Palin shared her perspective on the gun-violence epidemic with a TMZ reporter she happened to cross paths with at LAX airport early in the day. The 54-year-old Alaska politician initially appeared intent upon dodging the subject – given she had been asked to share her thoughts on her beloved President Trump’s response to the tragedy. But, after declaring that she didn’t want to further politicize the President’s assertion that armed worshippers may have been able to stop nearly a dozen people from being killed, Palin did open up to speak her piece.

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    Donald Trump citizenship

    President Donald Trump claimed he wants to sign an executive order that would deny the right to citizenship for children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States.

    He did not say when he would sign that order, but Trump deemed the birthright citizenship policy “ridiculous” and said he wants to terminate it during an interview for Axios on HBO, CNN reported.

    “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” he said.

    “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” the president added.

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    Lion Air plane wing

    The ill-fated Boeing 737 MAX 8 that departed from Jakarta on Monday morning with 189 passengers on board may have had a pre-existing problem, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Just 13 minutes after takeoff, the plane “nosedived” into the sea just off the coast of the city, and so far there are 10 confirmed deaths, with everyone else on board presumed dead as search and rescue efforts continue.

    But the plane, which was only added to Lion Air’s fleet in August this year, is now reported to have had issues on its previous flight the day before. Data stored from flight-tracking websites shows Flight JT610 was giving off erratic readings, showing the plane had lost and regained altitude more than once before it crashed into the ocean. This same pattern had occurred during the previous flight the aircraft took from Denpasar to Jakarta on Sunday.

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    Syringe pulling medicine from a vial.

    Niels Hoegel, a former nurse in Germany, admits that he killed more than 100 patients at the hospitals where he had worked, according to the New York Post. Already serving a life sentence as the result of a trial in 2015, Hoegel is currently facing a new trial for his part in the deaths of the 100 patients in Delmenhorst and Oldenburg hospitals — where he worked between 1999 and 2005.

    When Judge Sebastian Buehrmann outlined the charges against Hoegel and asked if they were correct, Hoegel is quoted as saying “Yes,” adding, “What I have admitted took place,” per Fox News.

    At the beginning of the proceedings, the judge asked the court to stand for a minute of silence for the victims. “All of their relatives deserve that their memory be honored,” whether Hoegel had a hand in their passing or not. “We will make every effort to seek the truth.”

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    A frozen tundra in Antarctica.

    A Russian scientist stationed in a remote part of Antarctica is accused of stabbing his colleague — because the victim kept spoiling the ending of books that the suspect was reading.

    Authorities say 55-year-old Sergey Savitsky and 52-year-old Oleg Beloguzov were stationed together at a research station on King George Island, which is part of the country of Chile. A report from the Mirror noted that Savitsky occupied his time in the inhospitable climate by reading books, but Beloguzov kept telling him how the books ended.

    Savitsky eventually had enough, and authorities say that he stabbed his colleague in the heart with a kitchen knife. The victim survived the attack and was airlifted to a hospital in Chile after the fact for treatment.

    Russian news agency Interfax, via Business Insider, reported that Savitsky voluntarily surrendered to his station manager after the stabbing.

    As Russian officials noted, the men had been together as part of a team that spent long stretches on the island.

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    some in pittsburgh don't want to see trump

    A least a few people in Pittsburgh, including some city officials and the family of at least one of the victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting, are passing on the opportunity to visit Donald Trump when he visits the city Tuesday, the Washington Post is reporting.

    Stephen Halle, nephew of shooting victim Daniel Stein, 71, said that he decided he wanted nothing to do with visiting with Trump. Specifically, he says that he and his family made the decision to avoid meeting with Trump at least in part because of the comments he (Trump) made that an armed guard at the synagogue would have prevented the shooting.

    “Everybody feels that they were inappropriate. He was blaming the community.”

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    Kid dresses up as Conor McGregor for Halloween

    Conor McGregor is one of UFC’s biggest stars, and it’s no surprise that many people in Ireland — irrespective of age — consider him their hero. And 7-year-old Mason O’Connor from Dublin proved that he is one of McGregor’s biggest fans after he left everyone amused by dressing up as his hero on Halloween.

    Dressed in a sharp suit, Mason left his schoolmates and teachers jaw-dropped as he entered his school on the Halloween dress-up day with two championship belts over his arms, as reported by the Irish news website Extra.

    The little dude completed his McGregor getup with a pair of McGregor-style shades and held a bottle of Proper 12 whiskey — the UFC champ’s newest venture. And that’s not all, he did his hair just like McGregor, painted his face with McGregor’s beard and drew colorful tattoos on his chest.

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    In late October 2018, a trio of artificial intelligence researchers became the first to sell an original work of computer-generated art on the world stage at Christie’s auction house in New York, and the art world is still reeling at the implications. The Paris-based Obvious art collective — founded by Pierre Fautrel, Hugo Caselles-Dupre, and Gauthier Vernier — used a method called a “Generative Adversarial Network” (GAN) to create 10 canvas-based portraits of the fictional Belamy family in a show called “La Famille de Belamy.” The portrait entitled Edmond de Belamy was expected to bring $7,000 to $10,000 at auction, but when the gavel fell, that number was $432,500, more than 40 times the expected sale price, according to CNN.

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    Couple Plunged To Their Deaths In Yellowstone Park Trying To Take Risky Selfie, Family Says

    An Indian couple who plunged to their death from a popular overlook in Yosemite National Park was trying to take a risky selfie at the time of the accident, family members said this week. It is now the second time in just a few weeks that an attempted selfie has led to death in the famed park.

    Park rangers this week recovered the bodies of 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, a husband and wife from India who had fallen to their deaths about 800 feet below the popular Taft Point. As the New York Post reported, visitors to the park found a camera the next day and told park rangers, who found the camera along with the bodies of the couple.

    Fellow hikers had recalled seeing the couple in the park, saying Meenakshi stood out because of her bright pink hair. Some said they were nervous that the two were standing too close to the edge.

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    Children trick-or-treating

    A little boy in Galion, Ohio, got very sick on Sunday after going trick-or-treating earlier in the evening. He had a seizure and his mother took him to the hospital, where he tested positive for meth, CNN reports.

    It’s a Halloween nightmare turned reality, and it’s exactly what every parent is afraid of every single October.

    “He was disoriented, he didn’t know who was who and where he was at…They told me that my son had methamphetamine in his urine,” said the boy’s mother, Julia Pence.

    “You could tell at the hospital that he was real high from whatever he ingested…He was really wired and kind of aggressive, had different mood swings. When we came home he was real tired, he was coming down from it.”

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon attend a 'SATC' premiere.

    Sarah Jessica Parker is sick and tired of people putting words in her mouth regarding her strained relationship with former Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall.

    The actress recently sat down for an interview with Extra, where she went on somewhat of a rant regarding some stories in the press that have been centered around her and Cattrall. For starters, SJP made it clear that she was never actually in a fight with her former co-star.

    “If one more person calls this a catfight… I’m not in a fight,” the 53-year-old said. “I never fought with Kim.”

    And she didn’t exactly stop there. The actress also set the record straight on ongoing rumors that she had attempted to send Cattrall gifts as an apology over their alleged fight.

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    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Former Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) onstage at A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

    Properly called birthright citizens, nicknamed “anchor babies” at times, people born in the U.S. to immigrant parents are Americans. Now, Donald Trump says he’s ending this Constitutional right that’s been a part of America for 150 years. Here’s a list of the Americans who are birthright citizens.

    Joan Rivers, who shaped entertainment television and completely changed what gets talked about on the red carpet, was born to Russian parents.

    Renee Zellweger is famous for portraying Bridget Jones, but this Texas-born beauty has never been British. She is, however, an American birthright citizen, according to the Daily Beast. Zellweger was born to a Swiss father and a Norwegian mother.

    Colin Powell, former Secretary of State for George W. Bush and a four-star Army general, is another birthright citizen. Though he was born on U.S. soil, both his parents were Jamaican.

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    trial of dad begins whose baby died of maggots in his diaper

    A prosecutor conducting the trial of a man from Iowa whose baby died of infection from maggots in his diaper, as well as malnutrition and dehydration, last year has told a jury that the infant “died of diaper rash.”

    Per a report by Des Moines Register, the tragic incident took place last year when 4-month-old Sterling Koehn was left by his negligent parents in his baby swing in a “hot, stuffy room for at least nine days before his father decided to call 911.”

    Last year on August 30, the baby’s father, Zachary Paul Koehn, called 911 and reported that his baby was found dead in his swing. He told the dispatcher that his girlfriend, Cheyanne Renae Harris, fed the child and checked on him only two hours before the baby passed away.

    However, upon examination of the baby’s body, the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, with “failure to provide critical care” as the cause of death,” per the Washington Post.

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    Silhouette in front of fuzzy TV screen in dark room

    Less than a week before he shot up a synagogue full of people in Pittsburgh, Robert Bowers may have been watching Fox News. In combing through his social media feed, journalists have found words and phrases frequently used on the network sprinkled throughout his posts, CNN reports.

    About 6 days before the shooting, Robert Bowers posted about the immigrant “invaders” headed toward the border. This word has been used a great deal by right-wing media in reference to the caravan coming toward the U.S. from Honduras. The group is mostly families, and many women and children are in the caravan.

    And while at this point we don’t know exactly what Bowers was watching or when, it is well-known that this is the exact type of language used by Fox News. In fact, the word “invasion” was used on the network more than 60 times in October (and counting).

    Just minutes before walking into the synagogue, Bowers was on social media writing about “invaders.”

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Mary Prang, Special Agent wit the FBI, adjusts a poster featuring fugitives Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger along with his companion Catherine Greig before a news conference by Steven Martinez, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles, to discuss the arrest of Bulger and Greig at the Los Angeles Federal Building on June 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Whitey Bulger is a legendary figure in organized crime, and it made national headlines when he was found dead in prison on Tuesday morning, the victim of a murder. Now, investigators are looking closely at Freddy Geas as the killer. Like Bulger, Geas had deep connections to organized crime.

    Private investigator Ted McDonough spoke to the Boston Globe this week. He knows Freddy Geas personally. “Freddy hated rats,” he said. That’s a slang term for an informant.

    “Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,” said McDonough.

    Bulger was an informant for the FBI, among lots of other things. He was feared in Boston, and had a reputation for being a fearless killer, according to NPR.

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    Elephant birds roamed at night

    At 10 feet tall, elephant birds, which roamed in the African island of Madagascar thousands of years ago, were the largest birds on Earth before they went extinct between 500 and 1,000 years ago.

    A new research now revealed more information about these giant flightless birds.

    In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Oct. 30, researchers who conducted an analysis of two elephant bird skulls from two species found that these avians were also nocturnal and blind.

    “As recently as 500 years ago, very nearly blind, giant flightless birds were crashing around the forests of Madagascar in the dark. No one ever expected that,” study researcher Julia Clarke, from the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences, said, according to CNN.

    The skull of birds fit tightly around their brains so the shape of their skull correlates to the structures of their brain.

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    Halloween candy, science, candy corn

    Every year at Halloween do you find yourself eyeing off your children’s candy and wondering just how much of it you will consume once they go to bed? Do you ever sit down and keep eating Halloween candy even though you’re sick to death of the sight of it? Well, it turns out there is a scientific reason behind your Halloween urges.

    While many think sugar is the sole reason people keep eating Halloween candy — even the horrible stuff like that included in the Inquisitr‘s list of least favorite Halloween candy — there are two other ingredients that make people keep returning to Halloween treats.

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    Image shows a parked airplane.

    Two Chinese intelligence officers and six hackers have been charged with commercial espionage for trying to steal information about a type of jet engine technology from aviation companies in the United States and abroad.

    According to The Guardian, Zha Rong and Chai Meng, who work for the Nanjing-based foreign intelligence arm of the Ministry of State Security (MSS) in China, and six other defendants were accused of conspiring between January 2010 and May 2015 to steal sensitive turbofan engine technology used in commercial aviation.

    A French aerospace manufacturer with an office in Suzhou in Jiangsu province and a company based in the United States were developing the engine through a partnership.

    U.S. prosecutors said that the hackers used spear phishing to deploy malware and other means to infiltrate the French company.

    A Chinese state-owned aerospace company happens to be developing a similar type of commercial aircraft engine at this time, the United States Department of Justice said in a statement.

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    Landon Clements attends the Sixth Annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball at Clifton's Republic o

    Despite parting ways with Bravo in a similar style as Thomas Ravenel, Landon Clements is still willing to weigh in when the tea is especially hot. But it took six months for the divisive former cast member, who was also rumored to have attempted a romance with the father of two, to weigh in on the violent accusations against Ravenel. So why now, and why has she chosen to say that she can’t imagine him having enough rage to hurt someone?

    US Weekly caught up with Landon recently and asked about her thoughts on Thomas Ravenel’s arrest on charges that he violently assaulted the family nanny, as well as paid off another woman in an alleged similar attack. The one-time travel blogger said she didn’t want to say too much about a pending case, but she was emphatic that Ravenel could never hurt anyone.

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